What he does:
- Eric designs and develops the supply chain software which gives Amazon a competitive edge over its competitors.He is constantly interviewing candidates to grow this area of the company (currently around 100 Software Design Engineers).
- He has been in this position since summer of 2004.
Math on the job:
- Eric works on a lot of very challenging algorithms (NP-Complete). Thankfully he paid attention in theory, algorithm and data structures courses. Math has played a large role in getting him to where he is, particularly combinatorics, calculus, partial differential equations, and numerical analysis.
- Eric received two degrees from the University of Washington. First, a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences (ACMS), with an emphasis in discrete math and algorithms. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
- Eric's initial interest in mathematics is due to its very large role in computer science, Eric's other degree.
- He learned about his job through Amazon tech talks and word of mouth. He was able to get a job interview through a referral of someone he knew from school.
Advice for students:
- Pay attention in class, network, and attend career events.